Plaid Cymru's Gwersyllt West Councillor, Arfon Jones, has been elected as Chair of the Council's Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee.
Cllr Jones was chosen by fellow councillors at the full council meeting tonight. He had previously been Lead Member for Children's Services from 2008 and 2012 and has been a member of the Scrutiny Committee, which scrutinises education services in Wrecsam, since 2012. He replaces Labour Councillor Ann Evans.
Cllr Jones said:
"I am very honoured to be appointed chair of this important and influential scrutiny committee. My priorities will be to support Ysgol Clywedog and Ysgol Rhosnesni in their efforts to come out of special measures by improving standards. I will also be looking to help improve standards across all our schools.
“I would also like to see elected members have a better understanding of school data and to use it positively to improve educational standards rather than use it to 'beat schools up with.'
As regards Welsh-medium education, Cllr Jones said:
"We in Plaid Cymru have always been at the forefront of promoting Welsh education and I want to ensure that Welsh-medium education has a 'level-playing field' and does not suffer disproportionately from the effects of the cuts the council is making. This applies across the board - from nursery provision to post-16 education."